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RL Tips: Using Glass Organizers

Recycled jars and bottles offer clear solutions


Do you have extra glass containers at home? These can help you deal with everyday clutter and other household needs.

Pictorial direction by Nat M. Clave. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article ("Glass Act") in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Recycling Trick: Glass Food Jars

Repurpose them into nifty containers that’ll hold anything small—thumbtacks, buttons, loose change, even flowers! Just spray- paint them in a color of choice; metallics work especially well. 

As medicine organizers

Glass bottles from drugstores of yore were clear so that pharmacists could identify the contents at a glance. Apply the same principle to your modern-day medicine cabinet. Decant your medicine into them—just label the bottles properly. 

Vintage Apothecary Jars, P500 (medium), P300 (small), a11

As bathroom organizers

Guest soaps can be tiny and annoying, especially if you just leave them by the sink. Corral them in a large dessert glass, and let them do double duty as countertop décor.

Parfait Glass, find similar at Dapitan Arcade; Jonathan Adler Vanity Tray (part of a set), HMR; Apothecary Bath Set, Rustan’s Department Store 

For your dresser:

Remember those coffee and sugar containers your mom had? They can double as lovely catchalls for your makeup and toiletries. And since they’re watertight, you can store them in the bathroom.

Glass Containers With Lids, P60 (small), P160 (big), Dapitan Arcade; Pedestal Makeup Mirror, P899.75, Howards Storage World

For serving water:

Instead of plastic pitchers, reuse old wine bottles or liquor jugs for drinking water. Colored glass would look especially beautiful on the dinner table. Use a baby bottle brush to clean them.

Glass Jugs, from P200 and up, Dapitan Arcade

Recycling Tips:

  1. Choose empty jars and bottles with interesting shapes and varying sizes. old-school jars with embossed labels, baby food jars, and imported soda bottles are good choices.
  2. Remove labels and label glue. Wash containers in soapy water and let dry completely.
  3. Choose a well-ventilated spot and line the area with newspapers.
  4. Remove the lid of the jar or bottle and set it on the newspaper. spray-paint the bottle (enamel makes a nice, opaque finish). hold the inside of the mouth and rotate the bottle, spraying it evenly.
  5. After an hour or so, spray-paint a second coat. dry completely before using. do not use to store food.

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